White House says Trump takes 'domestic violence very seriously,' despite public comments


The words "mere allegation" and "falsely accused" meant to imply that I am a liar. "Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?"

Despite the widespread press criticism of Kelly for permitting Porter to take the position while the FBI investigated claims of spousal abuse by the staff secretary, indications were strong that Kelly would stay on as Trump's right hand.

But budget director Mick Mulvaney had an old trick up his sleeve.

There was no sign that a move was imminent, according to the people with knowledge of the conversations. Vox put out an article with the headline, "The Rob Porter scandal keeps getting worse for Trump's White House". Most West Wing offices remained dark. "And he will step aside anytime the president doesn't want him to be there".

Last Friday, the president spoke up about the story. "The result is that Rob Porter is no longer the staff secretary".

"The president and the entire administration take domestic violence very seriously and believe all should be investigated thoroughly", Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a briefing with reporters.

Kelly initially defended Porter last week before the White House aide resigned.

"He's not taking a side necessarily one way or the other", she said.

At first, White House officials rallied around Porter, who described the allegations as false and "vile claims". Just days after the news of Porter, David Sorensen, White House speechwriter, resigned after his ex-wife claimed he was violent and verbally abusive during their two-year marriage.

And White House legislative director Marc Short denied that Mr Trump personally waived Mr Porter's interim security clearance to allow him to handle highly classified documents. It's obviously a tough time for him. we hope he has a wonderful career'.

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"There's no tolerance in this White House, no place in America for domestic abuse", Pence said.

Rob Porter speaks to President Donald Trump.

The fallout from the Porter resignation also cast a spotlight on White House counsel Don McGahn, who was apprised of at least some of the accusations about the staff secretary at least four times, including as early as January 2017. Porter was only able to secure an interim security clearance while the Federal Bureau of Investigation continued to investigate his ex-wives' claims. "And literally that was it". "We all became aware of the news reports that emerged Wednesday morning and the graphic images", Shah said.

"He literally dictated that statement to me", she said.

"I think that talk about the chief's departure is much ado about nothing", he told Fox News Sunday.

She helped craft the White House's initial supportive response and has clashed with Kelly.

Porter's ex-wives detailed the allegations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the course of a routine background check, they told CNN.

"That's like saying, 'That ax murderer out there, he's a great painter, ' " Biden told an audience of fraternity and sorority students in Indianapolis.

The media would be better served by doing their job: reporting the facts.